Ok I have been doing some PC upgrades and in a month or too I plan to do some more. My next step is to move everything to a case that will handle heat better and replace my very inefficient motherboard! I'll post my stats then tell ya what I'm looking for in a case, then the motherboard!
Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.50 GHZ (775 socket) RAM: 8GB DDR3 RAM Video Card: HIS 5870 (I may be adding a 2nd one so I will need both the case and the motherboard to support that!) OS: Windows 7 (64bit) Harddrive: 1TB -DVD Burner Drive -BlueRay Drive Power Supply: 1200W Antec PSU
- I want something that can support all my stuff (obviously) and plenty of spaces for PCI expansion. I have a bunch of PCI stuff I wanna add such as fan control, a PCI heat exhaust fan and maybe a TV card... plus I may end up with 2 video cards each taking up 2 spaces so I need plenty! - It needs to be long enough to support a couple of very large video cards! - I want it to have at least 3 bays for DVD/Blueray drives and such. -Sexy looking! Blue lighting is the best but not necessary! I can always just add lighting. -And last but NOT least!!! Very good heat management! -OH!!! And if we can keep it at or under $100 that would be AMAZING!!!
-I may end up with 2 PCIE 2.0 cards so I'll need at least 2 slots for those - I need extra PCI slots as well as some of those mini slots (whatever they are called, 1 should be fine). -I (Obviously) need it to fit whatever case I end up with and have everything align right. -Must be 775 socket for the processor!!! -I want to be able to add tons of DDR3 RAM incase I ever need it... I have 8GB right now I would like to be able to potentially double it (even though 8 is PLENTY right now). -I don't know what these run but if we can keep it as cheap as possible without hooking me up with crap that would be nice!
I am very ignorant on a lot of this stuff (esp the motherboard) so any help you guys can provide me would be great! Yall were wonderful help with my video card!!!
antec 900 on case.
Asus Rampage Extreme for motherboard. Good luck finding the rampage though =)
But really, save up your money for an i7 setup instead of upgrading a dead platform. That is unless you have a magical quad that will actually clock worth a damn on a high-end board.
I would really upgrade the CPU before the motherboard since that chip isn't going to overclock for crap.
Hmmmm... well... ok. My processor has treated me well so far... I haven't bothered overclocking it or anything though.
The case looks great!!! I'll look around but the reviews I'm seeing on newegg look nice :)
Oh btw is this case gonna work with just about any motherboard? I'm still using the one that came in my HP Elite.... 1 PCIE slot, ZEEEEERROOO PCI slots... lol! But yeah I've never bought a custom case before!
Edit: Never mind I did my own research! It's an ATX so it should work :)
kow_ciller;5218664But really, save up your money for an i7 setup instead of upgrading a dead platform. That is unless you have a magical quad that will actually clock worth a damn on a high-end board.
This, or i5/i3 if you really feel like it.
Also, what games/resolutions are you playing at that justify running a 5870 in crossfire?
I'm playing everything at 1920x1080 (4:3 widescreen). Games.... I have a TON of games... Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Crysis (Maximum thingy) GTA: IV Mass Effect Dawn of War II Shattered Horizon I plan on playing Battlefield Bad Company 2 in DX11 Those are some of the more intense ones I play.
Also is DDR3 RAM backwards compatible with DDR2?? Like if I buy a board that uses DDR2 can I put DDR3 in it?
With a good mobo and ram you could probably reach somewhere around 3.2-3.4 on that Q9300 without too much trouble. Trouble is, the selection of mobos for socket 775 that support DDR3 is not very big, and the good high end DDR3 boards are probably going to cost more than your looking to spend. Honestly i don't know if its wise to put that much money into a 775 system with a lower end CPU, its going to be a bottleneck, especially if you want to go crossfire 5870's.
What's your budget?
Also, take a look at the NZXT Tempest Evo, its a better alternative than the Antec 900 in my opinion, and will give you a little more room to work with: Newegg.com - NZXT TEMPEST EVO Crafted Series TEVO-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Stick with Gigabyte, get socket 1386 ? , and make sure it has 3 or 6 banks for dr3 ram.
the intel 900 series is the best, but the 1386 socket motherboards are kinda hard to get, because they are all saturating the market wit i5 not i7, 700 and 800 series.
but price is a bit morefor 900's.
the board i have can go up to 24 gig ram, and can do 3 sli x58 chipset
X58 is nice and all but its much more expensive than P55. For $200 you can get a low-end X58 board, or you can get a high-end P55 board. Chips for i5/i7 1156 are cheaper as well too. Not to mention you only have to buy dual-chan memory which is much cheaper as well.
The 1156 i5/i7 chips are just as fast as the 1366 i7's most of the time anyways. The only thing you lose with i5 is hyperthreading, which depending on what your using it for, may not make a difference too you.
Also, anybody else seen these? Newegg.com - Intel Xeon X3440 Lynnfield 2.53GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Server Processor - Processors - Servers
That looks like a great deal for 1156 right now. Just 100 some Mhz slower than the i5-750 at stock but you get Hyperthreading. Works in any 1156 board too. OCs pretty good too.
Not bad, but you might as well drop the extra $$$ on the 860.